tv U.N. Security Council Holds Emergency Meeting on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria CSPAN April 7, 2017 11:34am-1:38pm EDT
senseless attack today in stockholm. we have been reminded this week that the scars of terrorism affects many countries and we are united and share in our results. , the provisional agenda is the situation in the middle east. the agenda is adopted in accordance with rule 37 of the council's provisional rules of procedure. i invite the representative of the syrian arab republic to participate in this. it is so decided. in accordance with rule 39 of the councils provisional rules of procedure, i invite mr. jeffrey feltman to participate in this meeting. it is so decided. the security council now begin its consideration of item 2 of the agenda and i will now give the floor to mr. jeffrey
feltman. >> madam president, thank you and let me also convey on behalf of those of us in the secretariat, our condolences and shock to our friends from sweden for the attack in stockholm. the secretary-general is following this with great concern. councilesident, the requests the secretariat to provide an update on syria. envoyition, the special to syria will address the council in less than one week. i will therefore keep my remark short. the last two months, we have the december 20 16 cease-fire falter amid a steady escalation of military activity. in mid february, government forces escalated their military operations in several areas of otherus and recaptured areas. advances were coming by large-scale evacuation of fighters and their families. the syrian government cited the
presence of a front in this area with claims that were disputed by the upper -- by the opposition. during february and march, arms opposition groups sometimes coordinating launched offensives indahra, damascus and hama. on the fourth of april as government forces lost offenses in northern hama, alarming reports alleged about a chemical attack in southern idlib. sources on the ground reported airstrikes in the council will discuss this -- discuss this in an emergency session on the april 5. the fact-finding mission is starting to investigate the alleged attack. the secretary-general in a public statement shared that he by theboard --abhorred attack in the death of many innocent civilians. this morning at approximately
435 a.m. in damascus, to u.s. naval vessels to pride -- applied in the mediterranean launched about 49 missiles aimed at the air base. the united states stated this was in response to what it states was the syrian government's use of chemical weapons from this airbase. the u.s. has claimed the missiles severely damaged or androyed syrian aircraft equipment in verse infrastructure. the u.s. said they informed russian federation forces of the strike advance using the established mechanism and taking precautions to minimize risk to russian or syrian personnel located at the airfield. a statement from the syrian general command of the army forces called the act a blatant act of aggression which had caused six deaths and huge material damage. iran and the russian federation attack.d the
the u.k., australia, germany, turkey, saudi arabia, germany, japan, the netherlands and austria have expressed support for the strike. the security council has the primary responsibility to ensure peace and security. we hope the council can unite an exercise that responsibility to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons. councilortant that this sends a strong collective message and any use of chemical weapons show not be tolerated and will have consequences. the secretary-general stresses the international committee has a responsibility to hold any perpetrator of chemical weapons and ensure that chemical weapons are never again used as an instrument of warfare. the protection of civilian accountability should be at the top of their agenda. in the case of syria, there can be no genuine protection. areparties in the conflict
permitted to act with impunity and at the syrian government continues to commit human rights about -- violations against its own citizens. protecting the syrian people requires immediate action which is rooted in the principles of the united nations and international law. the secretary-general has publicly appealed for restraint to avoid any act that could deepen the suffering of the syrian people. partieser urge all involved in military operations to abide by international humanitarian law and take all necessary precautions to avoid and minimize civilian casualties. madam president, as the secretary general has said, these events underscore our belief that there is no other way to solve the conflict than through a political solution. renewl on the parties to urgently their commitment to making progress in the geneva talks. ofurity council resolution 2015 remain the foundation of
the core principles for the united nations effort and ultimately a solution in this regard. thank you, madam president. thank you, we will now take statements from council members and start by giving the floor to the representative from olivia. -- from bolivia. >> madam president, thank you for giving me the floor and also for having convening this open meeting of the security council. it is vital that on not only the members of our organization but see the whole world should that the positions of the members of the security council are totally transparent given what has taken over recent days in syria. has called for the convening of this meeting. we are concerned.
at what has taken place over recent hours. council wascurity debating proposals on what would be the investigation mechanism for the horrendous chemical which have been witnessed by all mankind, while we were discussing the words which could be used in a resolution to be considered by this council and while the permanent and nonpermanent proposalst forward for the text of such a resolution, the united states was preparing, once again, and carried out a unilateral attack. attack is a whicheral action
represents a serious threat to international peace and security. years, mankind0 has been establishing building not just a physical structure or institutional structure but a legal structure. they have established instruments of international law to precisely prevent the situation in which the most powerful attack the weakest with impunity and to ensure allen's in the world and, of course, to violations of international peace and security. ofbelieve it to be the duty the security council but not just the security council, of the united nations organizations in all its bodies, to defend multilateralism. we are here to defend multilateralism. charter fored this
the united nations must be respected. and this charter prohibits unilateral actions. action must be authorized by the security council in accordance with the charter. allow me to read a couple of articles so we can remember this. 24 says that in order to ensure prompt and effective action by the united nations, its members confer on the security council primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security and a degree that in carrying out its duties under this responsibility, the security council act on their behalf. , not justity council the 15 members seated at this 190e, we represent the
member states of this organization and through them we represent the people of the world. we have agreed that unilateral actions violate international rule. yesterday discussing draft resolutions and while we to come up with alternatives and come up with consensus in the security council, the united states not attackedunilaterally but while we were just discussing it here and amending the need for an independent investigation, and impartial completetion, a investigation into these attacks, the united states has become the investigator, has become the prosecutor, has become the judge, has become the jury. so where is the investigation which would allow us to establish in an objective matter
who is responsible for the attack question mark this is an extremely serious violation of international law. this is not the first time this has happened. throughout history, we can remember many episodes in which not just the united states but various powers have acted unilaterally and violated the u.n. charter. the fact that it's happening once again does not mean that the united nations and its members must accept this. 2013, the united states also launched attacks against syria. said by thet was been secretary-general on that occasion. allow me to read the quotation in english of what he said.
quote, the primary responsibility for peace and thatity, that is my appeal everything should be handled within the framework of the united nations charter. onlyse of force is lawful when it's exercised by self-defense in accordance with article 51 of the united nations when the unor security council approves such actions. and of quote. of quote. this was the position of the then secretary-general which contributed to avoiding unilateral action in simple or -- in similar situations to what we are experiencing today. threattack represents a to international peace and
security because it represents a threat to the political processes in geneva. it was said very well by mr. vital tohat it is avoid an escalation of tension which breaks with the progress that has been achieved estnana and geneva. this is not the first time this has happened and i would like to recall what happened in this very security council just a few years ago as specifically on wednesday, and there were a 5, 2003, when the then secretary of the united states america proofted to us convincing that there were weapons of mass distraction in iraq.
i believe that we must absolutely remember the pictures in this very hall. we were told there were weapons of mass destruction in iraq and this was the motivation for invasion. was that an invasion, there one million deaths. launched a series of atrocities in that region. isis if that about invasion had not taken place? could we be talking about this series of horrendous attacks in various parts of the world? had the legal invention not taken place? us toeve it's vital for remember what history teaches us. on this occasion, the united that they hadirm all the proof necessary to show
that iraq had weapons of mass distraction. they were never found. never were they found. i would like to repeat what was said -- s thisidentble morale morning said -- i believe and i feel and i hope i am not mistaken that chemical weapons in syria are just an excuse for a military intervention. the unilateral actions are imperialistic actions. the usa is not interested in universal law. they ignored when it's convenient to them. must be problems resolved through dialogue and not through bombing. this is a threat to international peace and security , and of quote. i think it's important to talk about the double standards when we are in the united states and's meeting rooms and then when we are dealing with actual real-life.
america andf latin the caribbean throughout history have lived this reality. we talk about all these words about human rights which we speechesut when the about human rights are not in sake with their interest, then they violate the human rights. ineries of coup d'etat's latin america were organized, funded by the cia. this is historic truth. this is not rhetoric, it's the truth. let's remember the coup d'etat in 1973 against the constitutional government of allende.again this was financed by the cia. the schools in latin america, soldiers were taught how to
torture people in this was part of latinaining american soldiers as part of the so-called national security strategy. we can talk about human rights but when it does not meet our interests, it's not important. this goes for democracy. when it's in line with democracy, we defended but if not, then we fund coup d'etat's. the pain -- the same is happening with this very council. when is not in line with their interests, unilateralism is not important anymore. when it suits them, multilateralism, it's fine. the united nations is fine but when it doesn't and when the interests are not in line, they are not interested either in the united nations or in human rights or in democracy. when we condemn unequivocally chemical attacks, we say that
the security council must not be used as an echo chamber for interventionism. the security council should not be used as a pawn which can be sacrificed on a chessboard, the chessboard of war. of thecurity council united nations as the final hope we have to guarantee international peace and security based upon principles, on norms and international rule of law. also, i wouldt, like to point out that it's absolutely vital as you have convene this meeting in a transparent way that we demonstrate the concern, that unfortunately, there are
first-class class and second-class members of the security council, the permanent members have the right to the veto but they also control the procedures, they control the decision-making. the other 10, well we may be involved if we are consulted or --vened occasionally, not just to underwrite some positions of others. this is not multilateralism. bolivia would like to reiterate its robust condemnation of the use of chemical weapons or the use of chemical agents in weapons to conduct criminal acts irrespective of their motivation wherever it may be, wherever it may be and by whom to it may be committed and we reiterate that we demand when these take place that it should be investigated in an independent and impartial way. unfortunately, the attacks
yesterday have given a morsel attack on the joint investigation mechanism. fornst the organization chemical weapons so they can undertake an investigation and find out exactly what took place a couple of days ago. responsibility must be prosecuted and punished under the law. this threatens international security, thank you, madam president. thank you to the representative of bolivia and never will get the floor to the representative of the united kingdom. >> thank you, madam president. i deeply regret that the previous speaker shows more outrage against the united adates than against the ass
regime that deliberately dropped chemical weapons, killing over 100 men, women, and children in the most barbaric fashion. more than 3.5 years ago, the syrian regime made a pledge. they would join the 189 countries who had already complied with the chemical weapon convention and proceed with full destruction of chemical weapons. what spurred this pledge was a chemical weapons attack. at that time inguta. hundreds of not thousands were dead and there were images of men, women, and children choking and foaming at the mouth, clearly asphyxiated. after a historically committed, crime was after the stockpiles were supposed to be destroyed, assad on tuesday showed up yet again ,
that he isnidlib, capable of redefining harvard. tuesday's attack must be investigated. of redefining horror. we will continue to work with our partners on the security council to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. the united kingdom supports the u.s. airstrike on the airfield. because were crimes have consequences and the greatest alafat hasnal of all his motive discovered. the u.s. strike was a proportionate response to unspeakable acts that gave rise to overwhelming humanitarian distress. it was also a strong effort to save lives by ensuring that such acts never happen again.
the resolution we adopted 3.5 years ago provided a framework for the destruction of chemical weapons in syria. it had a clear offer and the clear guarantor. at the time, russia assured us that assad would fully declare his chemical arsenal and would continue to cooperate with international inspectors. perhaps that was the assurance that russia received from assad. perhaps russia has now learned the hard lesson that backing a were criminal comes with its own consequences, humiliation. russia has barely any support from the arab world for its policy of propping up the criminal assad regime as it carries out chemical weapons attacks against its own people. russia needs to listen to this council, listen to the arab world, listen to the rest of the international community and
above all listen to the syrian people. their message is clear -- and assad's use of chemical weapons and is torture dungeons. instead, russian has given assad everything he could dream up. without russia's seven vetoes in the security council defying the views of other members of this council, assad would never face sanctions and justice. what did russia get for its unconditional support? ad ignores russia's request for him to obey the cease-fire. he defies russia's request for him not to gases on people. assad thumbs his nose at russia's calls for assad to join a peace process. russian sits here humiliated by his failure to heal a dictator
propped up by russia itself and hezbollah and iran. ourme best the myth about private negotiations over the last few days. we were seeking agreement on a draft resolution. i repeatedly asked the russian federation why did you not support our draft resolution? if you want the truth, why did you not want the united nations and the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons to have access to the places, the people, and the information they need? what possible excuse do you have for keeping that information away from the investigators? what reason do you have to carry on protecting assad? if you care about the u.n. dictatorwhy protect a
who has violated international law time and time again? none.swer came then, there is another way for russia and i appeal to the russian federation to abandon its failed strategy, to join the rest of this council in our call for justice and accountability, to end your protection of a war criminal, to join us, all of us, in supporting a genuine political progress that would lead to a transition to a more legitimate and representative government. the only reason why we are here, why these discussions are being had in this moment in this chamber, is because the international community has not done enough. things can be different. the difference that can be made, the difference that must be made, lies in a political solution. that won't happen if we take the
familiar route that has plagued this council and the countries of the region, millions of syrians looking for a future. the new road must see the syrian regime engaged. the new road must have russia and iran not only at the table but negotiating in good faith. we are sitting in the halls of the organization that was built to guide us when peace seems out of reach. the united nations as a vital role in convening those negotiations and helping the parties to resolve their disputes. the agenda has been set, and it is long overdue but a proper negotiation on the future syrian-led transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the syrian people happens. assad must engage in serious discussion about that future to meet those aspirations of all syrians. madam president, in conclusion, the united kingdom supports the
u.s. action as an appropriate response to a heinous act by a brutal and uncaring dictator, by a dictator who thinks gassing his people is somehow a legitimate step on the road to stability. it is time now to get a genuine political process back up and running. those discussions may be long and difficult, but the people of syria deserve nothing less. and we want to ensure that the shocking images that have haunted us this week are truly confined to history, then this is our duty. thank you. >> thank you to the representative from the united kingdom. and now i will give the floor to the representative from egypt. president, we have followed with great concern the repercussions of the incident which claimed the lives of dozens of innocent syrian civilians. many reports have confirmed that
this incident was the result of the use of chemical weapons once again in syria. we have also followed the dangerous development related to the recent escalation on the syrian scene last night. that incidentt, and other incidents and crimes in syria over the past seven are a clear indication of the absence of conscience. they are living proof the people of the region, especially the syrian people, are the victim of a proxy war that has paralyzed the international community. absent dialogue has been decidedny authorities to pull back on their narrow oferest, as if the death hundreds and thousands of
civilians and the displacement of millions of syrians are but clerical -- collateral damage which will be dealt on later on after they reach a political deal in line with her interests. i believe frankly that the disagreement and competition within this council, sometimes on issues not related to syria, have meant an increasing number of innocent civilians killed one day after another. we are fed up with the statements of regret and condemnation by the international community following every humanitarian tragedy that has befallen the syrian people. we are fed up with the statements because they have become empty slogans, mere words that are not coupled by any genuine and serious international effort that would meet the interests of the syrian people and have a genuine effect on their daily lives. therefore, i insist that
everyone abandon these disagreements and altercations in focus on the future -- the future on the way out of this syrian maze. support an should immediate cease-fire and move forward seriously and objectively and without any preconditions or procedural maneuvers with the interest syrian negotiations under the auspices of the united nations. we believe the syrian people are capable of determining their own future. however, achieving the aspirations of syrians for democracy, reconstruction, and stability is impossible without the genuine international support that will contain the negative repercussions and assist syrians to combat [indiscernible]
and build their own state on strong and stable foundations. maybe the time has come to be frank. i would call on the united states and the russian federation in particular, given their abilities and andhairmanship of the issg their influence on the different parties locally and regionally. i call on them to move actively in this direction based on security council resolutions to reach a middle ground and eight political settlement in syria. resume theiro coordination and cooperation in the field and politically to salvage what can be salvaged and avoid further deterioration. madam president, in closing, i stress that the syrian settlement is possible only based on clear and genuine
intentions. anyt will deal with honest and serious actions to save syria from this abyss and contain the implications of this crisis on the present and future of the region. thank you, madam president. >> thank you to the representative of egypt. now we will give the floor to the representative of uruguay. >> thank you, madam president. thank himso like to for his briefing on the message from the secretary-general. for several decades now, we have inn many terrible attacks the british point and expression in english. that is the expression in english. "carry on." i think today more than ever
calm ande need to keep continue doing our work. because the syrian conflict is very long and complicated. it has to be kept in the multilateral sphere. and it is this council that has the main responsibility to address this. we must reactivate and strengthen the political willingness of the three possible scenarios we have been dealing with here in the council. thenegotiations in geneva, negotiations for the cease-fire, and to contain the use of violence. and of course, the discussion in the security council. the principles that guided areuay internationally
deeply rooted in our country. withoutsmall country i'm forces that threaten anyone. the nonuse of force in international relations is a guiding cardinal principle for uruguay. and we only allow -- except the use of force in accordance with principles of international law and the provision of the united nations charter. and the other use of force for uruguay the legitimate. -- illegitimate. uruguay has always rejected the unilateral use of force throughout our history. and most recently, if you will, in the invasions in korea in the 1950's, the invasions of hungary, cuba, czechoslovakia,
iraq/iran. we have always rejected the unilateral use of force. hopes that this individual incident which is set against the background of the main powers being unable to solve the conflict in syria, we hope this situation does not escalate into further attacks and that the parties will refrain from further actions that will worsen the situation and lead to an endless spiral of violence which could also go over -- flow over directly or indirectly into other countries. uruguay, we have to look at this overall in terms of international law. another fundamental principle here is the absolute respect for
international humanitarian law and international human rights law. in recent years, we have seen in syria the most atrocious crimes committed against the civilian population. investigations carried out by the joint investigative mechanism have demonstrated the use of chemical weapons by both the syrian government as well as by terrorist groups of isis and daesh. there was the hermit this attack in march -- horrendous attack in march of chemical weapons, a war crime that should receive the most robust condemnation of the international community. the use of chemical weapons is a threat to international peace and security. in the midst of all of this, we must not forget the responsibility of this council in identifying those responsible for chemical weapons attacks.
ago, thisw hours council was intensively negotiating to adopt a resolution that would facilitate an investigation being carried out to know who is responsible for those last attacks. and now more than ever before, the counselor must face its response abilities to clarify that incident and ask for accountability for these crimes. president,o, madam reflect about the situation that this council finds itself in because of the existence of the privilege of the veto in the adoption of resolutions. also, the aggravation of the use -- the threat of the use of
on resolutions relating to crimes against humanity. uruguay is part of the group that calls once again for the control and commitment of the members of this council to not use the veto in situations of this kind. removes thehe veto effectiveness of the council, the operational nature of the council, and further imbalances the work of this organ. we reiterate that we feel it is important to resume all negotiations underway, multilateral negotiations, to bring about a solution to the conflict which is afflicting the
syrian people. thank you, madam president. >> thank you to the representative of uruguay. now we will give the floor to the representative of italy. >> thank you, madam president. expressutset, let me our condolences to the victims of the attack in stockholm, sweden. it bears repeating the attack wasucted on april 4 ruthless and cruel for the high death toll caused, including many children. that we haveaction firmly condemned and adds on to assad's violations of the cease-fire and violence repeatedly perpetrated by him on civilians. our government, the government of italy, is closely following
the events unfolding in the mediterranean in consideration of its many and direct interests in the stability of the region, where we are also playing the role of a security provider for the international community. as the foreign minister stated this morning, italy understands the reasons for the u.s. military action, proportionate in response to a profound sense of impunity that is completely unacceptable. it is also a sign of deterrence against the further use of chemical weapons in syria. in addition to the [indiscernible] by the united nations for which there should have been already a response, including in terms of accountability, which this council must continue to seek. madam president, it is now, we think, necessary and urgent to
reunite all the main actors involved in the syrian crisis and work together to finally achieve a political solution that takes the syrian people out of the tragedy they have been suffering for the past six years. we think we must look forward. delete calls for the -- italy calls for the international community to continue to redouble its efforts to achieve a u.n.-led local transition in syria in compliance with resolution 2254 of the security 2012 genevathe communique. it remains the only way out the crisis and the only way to avoid further violence and tragedy in the country. we believe it is now necessary that all parties leverage all their influence to facilitate the real cease-fire and ensure full access to humanitarian aid
and promote the process of progressively building trust between the syrian parties. thedifferent tracks of syrian issue, nonproliferation of chemical weapons, the fight against terrorists, humanitarian axis, and political talks, can only advance if this security council is united. of thisected member council, italy will continue to work towards these strategic goals. i think you, madam president. >> thank you to the representative of italy. i will now give the floor to the representative of france. president, my statement is an extension of the joint
communiqué published last night by the president of the french republic, francois hollande, and the chancellor of the federal republic of germany, madam angela merkel. byould also like to begin expressing once again to sweden our deep condolences and full solidarity with you after the tragic terrorist attack in stockholm this morning. madam president, the security council is meeting once again following the use of chemical weapons by the regime of bashar al-assad, almost four years after the large-scale massacre. the april 4 attack has dropped the masks. they have come off. assad has never renounced the use of chemical weapons and never deviated from his ultimate goal, the annihilation, quite simply, of all those who resist
him, whatever the price may be. consistently has called for strong action on the part of the international community in the face of series and repeated violations of international humanitarian law by the damascus regime which constitute war crimes and even crimes against humanity, as was already underscored by the secretary-general of the united nations in 2013 after the ofmical attack on the 21st august of 2013. my country has spared no effort to ensure that these crimes do not go unpunished, including by proposing that the security council of the united nations go to the international criminal court. these initiatives however have met with the russian veto, in particular. the syrian regime violated its international commitments ofsing from its membership
the agreement on the use and storage of chemical weapons and the need to destroy them. the actions of syria are also a clear violation of the decisions of the security council. context, the american strikes constitute a legitimate response to this chemical attack. and at the same time, are important signal for the future indicating the use of such weapons will not be tolerated. those that pretend to be shocked that basharknow al-assad is completely responsible for what has happened. for years now, and the regime has openly flouted the basic
principles of collective security. for years, he has violated repeatedly and systematically his obligations with regards to international to military and law, the legal prohibition a recourse to chemical weapons in particular against civilian populations, and resolutions of the security council. it had become absolutely essential to react to deter him from this action. recourse toent, aemical weapons constitutes war crime and possibly crime against humanity. this cannot go unpunished. syria can be no exception. this was already a position of france the day after the chemical attack and we have never deviated from this position. the international community can no longer be fooled by delaying tactics of the assad regime. in adopting resolution 2118, the security council clearly
committed itself to sanction any failure on the part of syria to meet its obligations. this did not prevent the regime of bashar al-assad from pursuing barbaric3 the repeated use of weapons of mass destruction, openly flouting the authority of this council and its international commitments. these file he should have been -- violations have been irrefutably documented by a united nations mechanism created by the security council. last, 28th of february the action of the security council once again was prevented by the unjustified use by russia of the veto. the impasse was seen by assad regime as a sign of impunity. and in parallel, russia has not met its response abilities and has not exercised the necessary
pressure it should have on the regime in damascus. today, it is the responsibility of the members of the council, of all members of the council, to ensure that all possible light be shed on the attack carried out by the syrian regime and ensure the perpetrators of this act are brought to justice. france renews its full support to the human mechanisms and opcw to carry out a diligent inquiry in this regard. we will not resign ourselves to disintegration of the nonproliferation regime and will work to strengthen this. madam president, the attack of the fourth of april will have proven once and for all to the world the urgent need for a political solution in syria.
the maintenance and power of a dictator multiplying chemical attacks against civilian populations is not only a moral abomination, it is an untenable threat to the region and the world. all members of this council agree on one thing. the syrian crisis will never be solved through military means alone. after the tragedy, more than ever before, we now have the moral and political give decisive to dynamism to the geneva talks under the egress of the united nations. it is the top priority. in france in this regard would call on the international community to coalesce around a political transition in syria accordance with resolution 2254 of the security council and geneva communique of 2012.
france and its european partners will be tabling proposals in this regard. madam president, our responsibility is to history. every member of the security council and in particular russia must face up to all of their response abilities -- responsibilities and commit ourselves to seeking an urgent political solution. since weurgent matter are talking about the security of the syrian people and the region, and also the effective fight against terrorism is at stake. let's not forget. assad's syria is the strong as generator for terrorism. thank you. >> thank you to the representative of france. now we will give the floor to the representative of china. >> thank you, madam president.
conflict has led to large amounts of casualties of innocent civilians. china would like to be empathetic to the profound suffering of the syrian people. the present situation will not last any longer. tot actions have to be taken resort to dialogue and consultation for appropriate solutions. to help the syrian people to lift themselves out of suffering lead aly date, to peaceful and stable life at an early date, and help syrians rebuild the country and early date. china has been consistently pushing for dialogue and consultation to resolve international conflicts. what is needed is that all parties make effort to prevent the situation in syria from further deterioration. outlution is the only way
for the situation. military means will not work. it will only worsen the suffering of the syrian people so that the situation in syria and the region will be more complicated and turbulent, which is not at all in the common interest of syria, regional countries, or the international community. china urges all parties to persist firmly in diplomatic politicald stick to a solution for the syrian issue. step two, dialogue and consultation in a certain way and support the role of the united nations as the main and then channel efforts of the special envoy to syria to take forward the progress in the geneva talks. therefore, we can maintain the effort to maintain the momentum
for a political solution. recent days have seen some complicated new situations appearing in certain areas of syria. the international community must remain highly alert to these relevant developments. we have to stick to uniform right area -- criteria in fighting against all terror organizations listed by the security council. thank you, madam president. >> thank you to the representative china. now i give the floor to the representative of japan. >> madam president, i joined others in expressing my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the attack in stockholm. thank you very much, madam president. i will start again. i join others in expressing my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the attack in stockholm this morning and our solidarity with the
people of sweden. now, turning to syria, the use of chemical weapons is not permissible under any circumstances. three days ago, we faced another shocking report that many innocent civilians became the victims of chemical weapons in syria. the act is extremely inhumane and violates relevant security council resolutions. the government of japan supports the determination of the united states government to never allow the spread and use of chemical weapons. we understand that the united states took the action last night in order to prevent further aggravation of the situation. the council must reaffirm its determination to address the reported use of chemical weapons in idlib. you tonce again urges
expeditiously conduct an investigation and report conclusions as soon as possible cw/u.n. jointp mechanism can conduct its own investigation to identify those responsible. madam president, in conclusion, japan reiterates its position that there is no military solution for syria and we must advance the political process based on security council resolution 2264. i thank you, madam president. >> thank you to the representative from japan. now we will give the floor to the representative of the russian federation. president, first of all, the permanent representative of sweden, please accept our deep condolences on the tragedy that took place in
stockholm. on the night of the seventh of april, the united states attacked the territory of sovereign syria. we describe that attack as a flagrant violation of international law and act of aggression. we strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the u.s. forconsequences of this regional and international stability could be extremely serious. this attack was a flagrant violation of the 2015 memorandum on preventing incidents and ensuring security during our operations in syrian airspace and the ministry of defense of russia has stopped its cooperation with pentagon under that memorandum.
of recent times, the united states administration has often talked about the need to combat international terrorism. and this justified american troops and their allies being president on syrian -- present on syrian territory, although they were there without indication of the legitimate government of syria without the approval of the security council of the united nations. manipulating articles of the united nations' charter beyond any criticism. the aggression by the u.s. has only facilitated the strengthening of terrorism. the attack came against syrian armed forces infrastructure and its air force. that is, against those who for all these years have been combating terrorism. imaginet difficult to how much the spirits of these
terrorists have been raised after the support from washington. immediately after the attack, there were massive attacks by syrian military sites. once again, we repeat, and once again we repeat, that the syrian armed forces will continue to be the main antiterrorist institute of the syrian arab republic. who will fight against terrorism? whoe illegal armed groups come to syria in hundreds of thousands? destroyed the iraqi military, libyan military bases, see what happened. these actions contradict international decisions, including the geneva communique
which we designed together with you. and there it says, it talks about settlement while maintaining national institutions. is that the sort of international institutions you are supporting? the russian federation from the united nations organization has stated the need to establish an international coalition to counteract terrorism which would be on the basis of international law. and on many occasions, we have sent signals to washington of our readiness to undertake such cooperation. as we see it, you have chosen a different path. we must recall when you take your own path that this leads to horrible tragedies for countries in the region and the people living there. think of the consequences. remember that what you have produced in the middle east.
think of your steps and how they have impacted on the political settlement process in syria. now today's appeal to move forward the political process, they are hypocritical. after this military attack unfortunately. now on the geneva tracks over recent days, there have been clear progress. you -- whatided aims guided you when you undermined this progress? of the progress achieved was not thanks to you at all. now returning to the history of chemical weapons.
in syria the u.s. and u.k. and france came up with a draft resolution. it was greatly erroneous in its very logic. it was based on predetermined he damascus -- pre-determining the message -- damascus being guilty. why do youpitals -- forget the resumption of innocence in other cases? all of this is taking place because washington, london, and paris. i spoke about this in close consultation and i say this again. they have this paranoiac idea of overthrowing the legitimate government in sovereign syria. and this was clearly shown by the non-diplomatic actions and
statements made by the u.k. stop doing these -- putting forward these unprofessional arguments and accusations against my country. these are not diplomatic. they are lies. once again, i warn, don't even try to get into fights in the arab world. nothing will work. and nothing will be achieved. that is why you are getting annoyed. countries recall your colonial hypocrisy. rycroft inbassador
his statements talked about issues. i would like to recall exactly what has happened. those who undertook this attack are in no way interested in an by atial investigation competent international authority to find out exactly what took place. i will say even more. you are afraid of such an investigation. genuine,fraid of real, independent investigation. what would happen if the outcome of this investigation would contradict your antigovernment paradigm? you would be afraid of investigations of what took place in other places. the permanent or presented of of
the usa -- the permanent representative of the usa center is information government forces used chemical weapons. we said, show -- us. specialists will see whether this is the case or not. we will recall the general power in this room, he talked about chemical weapons were not found. ork with festivals ultimatums -- professionals or ultimatums. we live in a complex and multipolar world. it is difficult to live in this world. but russia has proposed to its partners on the security council constructive alternatives. but you have nothing. you need to accept there was no professional alternative. you did not put forward any good
arguments to us. and specifically, our initiative was based on the appeal for specialists on a geographical cwsis and the op fact-finding mechanism and investigation mission, to call that group together on our initiative and to visit the site ,here this incident took place to conduct professional investigations. hardee's -- parties were asked to give immediate access to where the events took place. the syrian government does not control this area of italy province -- of the province.
there are battle hardened groups from outside work closely related to terrorist groups of nusra. and they have things to hide, including in the context of the chemical dossier. you are trying to hide this again. again, as you showed in aleppo. when aleppo was freed, everything became clear. it is no coincidence that the complaints against syria of chemical weapons and their storage by extremists in special warehouses, and they are being used by the army and civilians, has just been ignored or studied for months after months without any outcome. the fact-finding mission, does not work in a
conscientious manner. they prefer to come up with statements of opposition groups, internet blogs, social networks, of a whole range of n.g.o.'s a doubtful reputation. and they work with information and evidence from the areas where the events took place. they don't even look at the evidence. and they want us to agree with this information? it is not even worth looking at. now, in our draft, we also set out the need to establish a termse in geographical staffing of the investigation. it is an important point. it has a direct relationship to the issue of impartiality and trust. so far, fact-finding mission
experts have been made up of representatives from one country who are in the forefront of the anti-damascus parties. proof of the blatant double standards is the ignoring of the chemical attack carried out by terrorists in the middle east as a whole. recall the recent events in mosul, iraq. where is the international community's reaction? where was your warning, first and foremost to those establishing this headline action? are these victims of a different category? second-class victims? why do we not see in the headlines of your newspapers the tragedy in this besieged town of muscle -- mosul? i'm talking about hundreds of
thousands of people. therefore, the attack in syria is an attempt to distract attention from the many victims in the peaceful population in iraq and syria caused by the unilateral actions. they are attacking homes and civilian targets. the mandatory corridors make no sense -- the humanitarian corridors make no sense. the little girl lived in mosul. you did not say any word about this little girl who became a symbol of this tragedy. her a coalition bombed house, everybody around her was killed. thank god, the girl remained alive. her life had to be fought for. now her life is out of danger, but she is almost blind. upwill not in this room set a cynical show and holed up photographs, but the mosul
tragedy must be told about. people must know about it. nothing has been said about mosul. know that this is a lie. we do not wish to draw attention of anybody from anything, particularly what terrorists are doing. we merely want to tell you that if we are fighting terrorism, let's do it on standards. world principles or any other principles. don't try. let me once again -- to argue with ourselves and iraq. you will not get us involved in that. look at what you are doing in iraq and what we are doing. the 10 nonpermanent members of the security council did attempt to find a compromise last evening on the consultations we
call for. they thanked the american delegation for the fact a vote had been postponed. but there was nothing to thank them for. our colleagues did not even wasine that the decision made with totally different ideas in mind. it was not with the idea of continuing constructive dialogue. washington had already chosen to take military action, which was undertaken when members of the security council had hardly left the u.n. building. we call upon the united states to immediately cease its aggression and join those efforts being made for a political settlement in syria. combatwork together to the terrorist threat.
wethat sort of cooperation, are ready to undertake such cooperation. today, many insulting words have our heard with regard to right to veto. our right. have used in a responsible manner. but we used it only in such circumstances when you try in the security council to impose your irresponsiblili to politicl projectsty. the security council must develop agreed international decisions. but these geopolitical adventures will never be supported. thank you very much. >> thank you to the representative of the russian federation.
and now, we will give the floor to the representative of senegal. >> madam president, i wanted to express my deepest condolences through our colleague to the people and government. >> thank you. >> thank you, madam president. before beginning my statement, i would like to express my sincere condolences and sympathy of the senegalese delegation through the swedish ambassador to all of the swedish people and its government for the tragic terrorist attack that took place this morning. madam president, here we are meeting in an urgent session aday, 48 hours only following meeting the same format that brought us here on the fourth of
april. but just as on the fourth of april, yesterday late into the evening, we still today are seeing a deep division within our security council with regard to the syrian crisis. weapons,e of chemical with the proliferation of terrorist groups, has disastrous, unprecedented consequences, and is the most serious conflict at the moment. what image are we sending out to the international community? and above all, what message are we sending out to the syrian people? that we have lost direction. what ambiguous message are we sending out as well to the terrorists that are mushrooming up in syria? madam president, nothing can justify an atrocity such as the use of chemical weapons being
used against civilians. even in a. period of conflict. we are a party to the geneva convention. we repeat our condemnation to all weapons of including chemical weapons. my delegation would like to further encourage the opcw in its work, particularly with regard to its fact-finding mission and its efforts attempting to analyze all the information available in order to determine who is responsible for what. last september in this very chamber, the president of senegal said in this room that there can be no military solution to this crisis. and that is why my delegation reaffirms our strong conviction that only a negotiated solution
on the basis of the geneva communicate -- communique and resolution 2254 can make it possible to find the final outcome to this conflict. we must not forget it needs to be political, security, humanitarian, nonproliferation. all those aspects have to be covered in this agreement. my delegation wishes every success to the fifth round of talks in geneva, opened on the 23rd of march this year, with the hope that the praiseworthy efforts of special envoys that these talks will lead to substantial conclusions. during the fourth meeting, that made it possible for the first time to address substantial issues such as constitutional reform, political transition, and the holding of elections under the observation of the united nations. thank you.
>> thank you to the representative of senegal. now we will turn the floor over to the representative of kazakhstan. >> thank you, madam president. i join others in expressing our condolences to our swedish colleagues and those in stockholm. my delegation is greatly concerned by recent developments in the actions of members of the council on the actions in syria. we would like to make the following recommendations with regard to the situation in syria. we call on all parties to refrain from actions that could increase the risks of a military escalation of tensions in syria. we would like to emphasize the lack of unanimity may liquidate new hopes of the syrian people which arise from the historical resolution. we should not undermine an inclusive political negotiating process as provided for in
resolution 2254. 23rd-25ive held from march will enable to move from discussing procedural issues to political aspects of future peace talks. in this regard, we simply cannot allow cease-fire to dissolve. it is our last chance to realize the only way to peace on the syrian land. we consider gas attacks in syria is a crime against humanity and strongly condemn the use of chemical weapons. it is important to have a thorough, objective, and impartial investigation into all aspects of the cannot the attack on april 4 of this year, which will allow the international community to make a fair verdict against the perpetrators in full compliance with international law. we like to remind that the position of kazakhstan is not
only the most severe condemnation of the use of weapons of mass destruction by anybody, especially against the civilian population, but also the resolution of conflicts exclusively by peaceful means. we also have to respect the sovereignty of states that are member states of the human -- u.n. and the principles enshrined in the u.n. charter. we urgently need political solutions. only political, diplomatic solutions can bring peace in syria. we call on the international community to exert political will to overcome differences and negotiate peace in syria. the legitimate authorities of the syrian republic as well as other parties must thoroughly execute their obligations of complying with the relevant recommendations by opcw and the u.n. by accepting personnel designated while providing for an assuring the security of
activities undertaken by this personnel, by providing this personnel with access and the any and allpect sites and alone immediate, unfettered access to individuals the opcw believes to be of importance for the purpose of its mandate. the crisis in syria that is still unfolding as its impact not only on the region but the whole international community. kazakhstan believes the reason -- regional approach involving neighboring countries which have influence on parties and syria -- in syria should be considered as a very effective method in mitigating the situation in preventing other deterioration. there is a strong need to continue supporting the aims of forgeneva negotiations political outcomes. we welcome significant results
of the conference held this april in brussels which was chaired by the u.n. and attended by many ideas and n.g.o.'s. it is encouraging with the pledges made of sending a message of solidarity to the people of syria and all those impacted by the conflict. mucheeting will increase needed humanitarian assistance to the syrian people, which is the most important to achieve political objectives. finally, madam president, i by referencing the conference in brussels who said the most difficult times call for the greatest efforts. and i would add, also the greatest of compromises. thank you. >> thank you to the representative of pakistan -- kazakhstan. now we will give the floor to the representative of sweden. >> i'm heartened by all of the
expressions of condolence and some of these coming in -- sympathies coming in as we speak from all my friends in the hall this morning. thank you very much for that. madam president, thank you for convening the meeting. very important. as we said in this chamber, the alleged use of chemical weapons was aberrant -- abhorrent and unacceptable. if these allegations are proven to be correct, the joint investigative mechanism has concluded chemical weapons have been used by the syrian regime on at least three occasions. this latest attack only adds to the many other confirmed cases of international crimes committed in the syrian conflict by all parties, most notably the syrian regime. chemical weapons use is clearly illegal, constitutes a threat to international peace and security, and cannot war crimes or crimes against humanity. there must be no immunity --
impunity for such atrocities. madam president, sweden has been extremely clear that the attacks must be condemned in the strongest terms, that he needs to be a rapid, full, and impartial investigation to confirm the use of chemical weapons and those responsible for this woman this attack must be held to account. this is why we have worked tirelessly over the last days to ensure it option by this council of a strong resolution at a robust and immediate investigation into this outrage. while this effort did not bear fruit yesterday, we see hope there is enough common ground for this council to move forward on a strong resolution. efforts should continue, and we will remain constructively and actively engaged. with regard to the u.s. airstrike last night in response to the fourth of april attack, it is important action is based on international law. last night's missile attack also
does raise questions on its compatibility with international law. as the secretary-general said, restraint is important to avoid any risk of escalation now. madam we voted in favor of the draft resolution for the accountability of use of chemical weapons. targetingd the eu measures against these implicated with the use of chemical weapons. we support -- financial and technical expertise. we have actively supported the commission of inquiry led by professor. we correspond with the ga resolution to set up the international impartial and independent mechanisms that will begin. we hope it is worked very -- very soon and will provide -- provide support of almost $400,000. madam president, instead of exchanging accusations and
insults, we need to come together to -- to reinvigorate the u.n. political process. the only way of ending the suffering in syria is by achieving a sustainable political solution. this will require a transitional political process based on resolution 2254. we reiterate our full support for interest syrian talks under geneva and the efforts of administering. we look forward to hearing from the next week. we must engage seriously. over the last days we have expressed our outrage over the latest atrocity, this time -- yet every day, the syrian people continue to suffer the brutality of war in all of its forms. to end the war in syria and what the syrian people -- and that the syrian people are allowed to determine their own future. i think you madam president. >> i will now give the floor to
the representative of ethiopia. >> thank you madam president. thank you for organizing this meeting. condolencesss our to the government of sweden and to our swedish colleagues. we are condemning the terrorist attack. proceedings to 2-3 points and want to raise. first, if the situation is here continues and the result will be the collapse of the syrian would beose who'd win the terrorists. we have no doubt. we have seen it too many times. this perhaps is another indication that the noernational community has united stand on giving priority for resolving the syrian crisis
through political dialogue, and countering the spread of terrorism in a united into consented manner. there is no justification for the crime committed. is an urgent issue that requires gratification. and him playing with wisdom. facthas to do with the that too many states and non-state actors are very much active in syria. syria hast know that been an open field for quite some time? the point is, the question has been worsening -- situation has been worsening and nobody knows might but -- what might happen tomorrow. what we are facing is much broader. much complicated matter.
likely to easily get out of hand. mind should in our before onea way out gets to the slippery slope. time for wisdom to prevail. ship to take the upper-hand. that has been the case for some time. what the secretary to secretary-general of state today is referring to among other things and i quote, the security council has the primary responsibility for international peace and security. unite on the council to and exercise that possibility. he continues, international law has been .gnored in the syrian conflict
it is our shared duty -- international standards for humanity. danger that the security council, which is already being marginalized, might lose whatever remaining credibility it might have. that is why the action taken hindsight,ooks, in not only very timely, but also wise. we should find a way out for what otherwise could be a dangerous development. we believe it might. in light of the fact that the rationale for this action, the use of chemical weapons, and who
is responsible has still to be , andusively demonstrated the investigation has to be spread out and concluded. noweems to us a priority should be the adoption by consensus or the draft, and also u.s. -- said, for the international federation to and findresponsibility a way out, which is not beyond their capacity. as we said two days ago, it is only an inclusive political process that could ultimately address the syrian crisis and prevent the situation from spiraling out of control. that is way there is need for de- and restraint, to
escalate the situation, we hope the latest developments will not dampen the prospect for a syria to solution in the intra-syria talks. i think you, madam president. >> thank you to the ethiopian representative. i will give the floor to the representative of ukraine. >> think you, madam president. we were also shocked by the terrorist act in stockholm, our solidarity and condolences to sweden. weould like to stress that came here not to discuss yesterday's strike by the u.s., but the consequences of a terrible deadly chemical weapons attack last tuesday. i also would like to draw attention to the statement of the minister of ukraine that states, and the use of chemical outrageousan
violation of international law and constitutes a war crime. perpetrators of such act have to be brought to account. impunity for a violator of toernational law leads further crimes on his part. blocking of the work of the un security council is unacceptable. the syrian regime sponsors and advocates also bears responsibility for the use of weapons of mass destruction in syria and subsequent deaths and sufferings amongst syrian civilians. u.s. sanctions must be supported to prevent the regime from committing any further war crimes, including against civilian population. the ukraine considers u.s. missile strikes against military targets, namely the air base from which an airstrike with the use of chemical weapons was launched against the country and is an adequate and --
proportionate response. the use of weapons of mass destruction's is not going to be tolerated anymore. yesterday's events were long coming. wasyears this council paralyzed on many important international security issues including the syrian -- for all intents and purposes is was -- it was practically held hostage .y one litigation it practiced the approach of my way or no way. counsel efforts were blocked i do russian veto seven times, seven and mobilizing vetoes. thousands of dead syrian children that will never see the light of day again. everything and anything was employed to construct a meaningful action of the council . obfuscation, distractions, outright lies, even bullying. despite the best efforts of the
council members, the council was not able to deliver because of the oppression delegation. the russian delegation point here that it suggested a balanced resolution. ukraine does not consider the proposal by the russian delegation either is adequate to the circumstances or is proper action of the international community, to the portable mass murder of people. then the brutal fact on ground, it is adding insult to injury. crimes --accept these as the alleged incident with chemical weapons, or cousin large-scale loss of life. an incident reported loss of , does not do russian delegation watch tv, or maybe it continues to assert horrible footage from countries --
furthermore the draft suggests that the key focus of the international response to the use of weapons against -- of mass destruction against civilians, instead of identifying and bringing to justice the perpetrators, and futuresteps to prevent attacks, should be able to consider personal composition of the investigation team-based on the principle of a broad-based and balanced distribution. this is not serious. is and approach postponing practical investigation. we see these as a shameless attempt to undermine credibility of the security council. when the u.n. is enabled to move the resulting void is filled -- unable to move the resulting void is filled. cannot cut -- substitute concrete actions. we reject the assertion by the russian federation that the u.s.
action constitutes an act of aggression. the russian site has lost a moral ground to make such claims after its invasion of georgia, occupation and attention -- attempted annexation of crimea, and watching aggression against my country, which constitutes -- which continues until the state. sound of silence of russian ground missiles bending ukraine's territories bring a death and destruction -- on: statement on the subject for international law. hypocritical.ly i call the russian delegation to calling others paranoid. look at yourself. believecontinues to that the final settlement of the fixed conflict can be
through the political solution only. ae only way forward is , cease-fire,cess and true commitment to a genuine political transition based on the geneva resolution to 54. andrge the syrian regime his backers to think carefully before embarking on an escalated readagain, and instead this correctly and a way that would give peace a chance. the offense of this week since it -- sent a clear signal to all of us; the international community cannot afford a dysfunctional security council. failure to discharge his duties in an objective manner, to stand up for what is right, to ensure accountability for violators of international law, undermines its moral standing. one time and energy of its members are dispensed in
attempts to achieve unity and consensus, by shooting perpetrators of the fishes crimes for response ability, they destroyed the credibility. you to remember the counsel's main task is to not achieve -- not to achieve consensus on any given issue, but to work diligently and responsibly to maintain international peace and security. when the u.n. is found wanting opportunistic and unscrupulous -- all russian to exploit weaknesses to achieve their own political goals, thus creating more demand for a just and etiquette -- adequate response. action,.n. persists in this response will come out -- from outside the system. identitiesists whose are well known have only themselves to blame for events
not playing out according to their scenarios. >> thank you to the representative of ukraine. i shall now make my statement in my capacity as a representative of the united states. for six years the world has watched as the syrian government and its leader have terrorized its own people. it has murdered hundreds of thousands and displaced millions . it has broken international law and violated numerous u.n. resolutions. it has committed criminal acts that shocked the conscience -- shocked the conscience of all humanity. the international community has repeatedly expressed its outrage. the joint investigative can is --has found beyond any doubt mechanism has found beyond any doubt that the syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people multiple times. on tuesday, the assad regime
launched another chemical attack on civilians, murdering innocent men, women, and children, in the most gruesome way. assad did this because he thought he could get away with it. he thought he could get away with it, because he knew russia would have his back. that changed last night. i warned wednesday, when the international community consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times when stakes are compelled to take their own actions. the indiscriminate use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is one of those times. the united states will not stand by when chemical weapons are used. it is in our vital national security interests to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons. military destroyed the airfield from which this week's chemical strike took place.
we were fully justified in doing so. the moral stain of the assad regime could no longer go unanswered. his crimes against humanity could no longer be met with words. it was time to say, enough. it, it was time to act. assad must never used chemical weapons again. ever. isle the syrian regime responsible for the chemical weapons attack, it is not the only guilty party. the iranian government bears a heavy responsibility. it has propped up and shielded serious brutal dictator for years. iran continues to play a role in the bloodshed in syria. the russian government also bears responsibility. every time assad has crossed the line of human decency, russia has stood beside him.
we had hoped the security council would move forward, but russia made it known as it has done seven times before, that it would use its veto once again, covering up for the assad regime. by compromising with russia for a watered-down resolution would have only strengthened assad, strengthening assad will only lead to more murders. we were not going to allow that. it is even more than that. russia is supposed to be a guarantor of the removal of chemical weapons from syria. think about that. to haves supposed removed all of the chemical weapons from syria. obviously that has not happened. if innocent syrians continue to be murdered in chemical attacks -- let's think about the possible reasons for russia's failure. russia ise that
knowingly allowing chemical weapons to remain in syria. it could be that russia has been an competent in its efforts to remove the chemical weapons -- in competent in its efforts to remove the chemical weapons. it could be that the assad regime is playing the russians for fools, telling them there are no chemical weapons, all the while stockpiling them on their bases. the world is waiting for the russian government to act sponsored bully in syria. responsibly in syria. states will no longer wait for assad to use chemical weapons without any consequences. those days are over. now we must move to a new phase, thisve for a solution to horrific conflict. we expect the syrian regime and its allies to take the u.n. political process seriously, something they have not done up until this point. we expect russia and iran to
hold their allied accountable and abide by the terms of the cease-fire. we expect this counsel to speak loudly and forcefully when a regime or its allies undermine the political process, and countless of our own resolutions. took a verytates measured step last night. we are prepared to do more. we hope that will not be necessary. it is time for all civilized nations to stop the horrors taking place in syria, and demand a political solution. thank you. i will now resume my function as the president of the council. i give the floor to the representative of the syrian arab republic. at the outset, my delegation
wishes to thank both the russian federation and bolivia that joined us in calling for the convening of this urgent meeting. question to the secretary-general who stated syrian-arab republic perpetrated an act of aggression without the finding -- defining that act with the terms of the charter of the united nations. 342 onted states at waged april 7, 2017, barbaric, flagrant act of base of thegainst a
syrian-arab air force in the central area of the country, using a number of missiles which , many a number of mortars injured including women and children, and wide ranging material damage. this treacherous act of aggression is a great violation of the charter of the united nations as well as all international laws. the united states attempted to justify it with empty pretext, fabricated arguments, claiming that the syrian-arab army had , withoutical weapons genuine knowledge of what happened, without identifying who was responsible, the very same pretext shouted out by terrorist organizations as well as their handlers in washington,
paris.v, london, and thatyrian arab republic -- the syrian arab army does not have chemical weapons in the first place, and that it would ofer use such weapons in any its operations against armed terrorist groups. it condemns the use of such under any conditions. but we stress that it is well known -- let me stress that it is well known that those weapons have been used and stockpiled in many parts of syria by terrorist armed organizations, with a wink and a nudge by some ruling regimes in the region, including turkey, saudi arabia, some european states.
they completely ignore all of the facts and documented information on the use of chemical weapons by terrorists in many parts of the syrian-arab republic. which surelyon tods erroneous messages those terrorist groups, emboldening them to use chemical weapons in the future is to continue perpetrating terrorist acts against the syrian civilians, and isil, post -- --h terrorist organizations following this aggression, which in many attacks on many parts of syria. the syrian-arab army and its allies against the war and terrorism are confronting them, despite desperate attempts. is undercan aggression this umbrella. aggression is a great extrapolation of the same
erroneous american strategy that began six years ago, providing all forms of assistance to what the united states calls -- armed opposition groups. counterterrorism by the syrian-arab army and its partners. it makes united states of america a partner of isil and other terrorist groups, that since they won -- day one of the unjust war against syria have an army position and military bases as well as the infrastructure. let me recall and this counsel the united states of america leads a purported alliance against isil. however, the real achievements of that coalition is to kill civilians and to strike at infrastructure in syria. weakenal objective is to the syrian-arab army and its allies when confronting terrorist groups. we see the airstrike by the
aircraft of this coalition even legally against the syrian-arab and 17, september 2017, in an attempt -- in -- on 17, september 2017. aggression aimed at saving -- following the great damage that was done to them by army and itsab allies, following attacks in the region -- let me also stress that the u.s. congress sometime law allowing the u.s. administration to send -- to armed terrorist groups in syria.
we want to days ago in this ,ounsel that if -- colonialist permanent states in the security council, that free colonialists have a renewed appetite to renew their allies and stories -- their lives and stories -- lies and stories. this justify the destruction and occupation of iraq. wmd's, major ally, perhaps this has come full or comb out and a regressive bowl scenario -- perhaps this has come full circle. dilute theing to international community to justify the aggression of this country against iraq by talking about highly credible information. today the united states of america in its policy in an attempt to justify its aggression against syria is using fabricated information
provided by terrorists. proves thation syria has been correct. successive american administrations will not change their policies, which targets states to make people kneel to there will. international public opinion -- people of the free world have no doubt that this successive united states, the u.k., and the french administrations for decades have not cared for democracy or freedom or human rights, let alone the well-being of peoples or their security and stability. these are just pretexts to wage war, to divide states, to control their wealth and energy resources. what is disgusting is that these thernments that supported terrorist extremist ideology
creation, itty's is today orchestrating terrorism and investing in it without any care for the life of people, even their own people when terrorists reached their own threshold because of sleeves -- because of these wrong and -- -- stronglyublic condemns the act of aggression by the united states of america, which is counter to the principles of the charter of the united nations. the status of the united states government -- the security council was responsible for the maintenance of international security. -- total chaosns and many parts of the world, would make you law of the jungle the only way to deal with the regional and economic crises without any heed to the charter.
when you killed millions of innocent starting in south asia of the way through latin america, what was your position? the number of france spoke on the issue and spoke about exceptions. you cannot be the exception. you should be made accountable for the killings in the july of 2017, of hundreds. you and the international coalition must be held accountable for the killing of in syria at the beginning of 2017. you must be made accountable for your support of armed terrorist groups and the political cover as the continue their terrorist acts. the government of the syrian-arab republic -- all efforts must be mobilized to respectsrrorism, as it
the rules of international law, the charter of the united nations calls in the security council to show its responsibilities according to the charter, to condemn this act an suression, and to that this shall not be repeated. it is not met threatens piece of security in the region and the world. -- it is an act that threatens peace and security in the region and the world. >> the representative of the russian federation has asked for the floor again to make a further statement. >> distinguish members of the security council, i'm taking the floor again just to say that i speakerse asked the from the u.s. and other delegations not to insult my country.
there is no moral right to do so . we do not do so, and i would miss haley hasy just assumed her new office, she does have a genuine opportunity, as a permanent representative, to establish a healthy environment and the security council. this will not be done if you viewthe national point of .n what is absolute truth i would like first of all to ensure that we have mutual respect for work in the security council. thank you. >> thank you to the representative of the russian federation. there are no more speakers on the list. with that, the meeting is adjourned.
>> senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said us morning he supports president trump's decision to launch military strikes against syria. senator mcconnell's comments came a news briefing with reporters in the capital. i want to express my support for the strike the president made last night against assad's chemical weapons facility. think the strike was , morelanned, executed than a pen pricked. message, but using chemicals weapons again is
something he cannot do with impunity. it also reassures our allies that america is back in terms of role,g a leadership trying to be constructive and a variety of different places around the world, as well as a message to iran and north korea and the russians, that's america intends to lead. i commend the president for this decision. senate confirmed neil gorsuch to the supreme court. he will take the seat previously held by antonin scalia a who died over a year ago. court will begin hearing its last rounds of arguments for this term greed for the first time since justice scalia's death, all nine seats in the supreme court will be occupied. c-span spoke with some of the current justices about what it is like when a new justice comes to the court.
>> when i walked in for my swearing in, the summer before my big public investiture, this was the swearing in necessary for me to start during the i was met by the chief justice, he gave me a tour that thener rooms justices go to, the conference room that the justices meet income of the robing room where they take on and off their robe, the dining room upstairs. on the to her, he showed me the robing room and i looked in there and so these would locker's. it goes from the chief justice and said, justice stevens, that it carried on down. the last kilis justice sotomayor or. the we walke.
he showed me other rooms and maybe we took 15 minutes, and we ended up back in the robing room again. what had happened was justice steven's and played have come off, another was a justice -- he showed me the new locker. it was a very effective way to you are here now, you are part of the community, part of the institution. it was a very powerful thing to see. ♪ c-span, where history unfolds daily in 1970 nine, c-span was created as a public service by -- cable cap television companies into this protein today by your cable or satellite provider. >> the center for strategic and
international studies helping discussion this morning on the future of u.s. missile offense. dan sullivan, a member of the armed services committee spoke at the gathering about the threats from north korea and other adversaries. this is an hour. >> think you for coming out, i am the senior fellow at the international security program here. we are delighted to kick off our fence this morning with senator dan sullivan, who has been here for two years. he is on several committees, car rushed, science and